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Patriots Pro Bowler Sticks Bill Belichick With Bar Tab

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In one of the best, “I’d love to be a fly on the wall” type of stories, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was stuck with the bar tab of one of his young players.

Patriots tackle Matt Light approached former safety Brandon Meriweather and told him that at the Pro Bowl, which Belichick was coaching after the 2009 season, the head coach covered all the expenses.

“[Meriweather]’s kind of the young guy, kind of the odd man out, and he’s not saying much,” Light told The Toucher and Rich Show on WBZ-FM (via CSNNE.com). “He’s just laughing, joining in the festivities, and I walked over to him and — I [had seen] him order a drink from the waitress — I said, ‘Hey man, you do know that you can put all this on Bill’s room, right?’

“Now I go up there saying that just busting his chops. I didn’t really know what was going to happen, but I figured I’d plant that seed. He looks at me and he says, ‘Are you serious?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, man. You don’t ever pay for your drinks when your coach is here coaching.’ I’m like, ‘Come on. Come on, rook.’ So I walk away; I’m not thinking anything of it.”

Oh, this is not going in a good direction at all …

“Fast forward like four or five hours,” Light said. “I literally witnessed him walk up to Bill with his check, like the little card that has your bill in it, and hand it to coach Belichick and say, ‘Hey, thank you coach. I appreciate you,’ in a way only that he could do it. Like you could imagine what that conversation looked like.

“And I’ll never forget — Bill’s looking at him like, ‘What are you talking about?’ But Linda’s (Belichick’s longtime partner Linda Holliday) like, ‘Go ahead, take care of the tab. Help him out, right?’ It was the most uncomfortable awkward moment I’ve ever witnessed with coach.”

How great would it have been to be there that night?

Source: CSNNE.com


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.